The peace that reigns in human hearts as God’s unity makes men bearers and builders of universal peace. All spirits of unpeace, of war and civil war, the spirits of competition and property, are banished by the Church of God.- Eberhard Arnold
Eberhard Arnold and National Socialism
Avoiding covert resistance on the one hand and complicity and compromise on the other, Eberhard Arnold guided his community in the face of Nazi threats. They continued to witness to the kingdom of God in Nazi Germany until their expulsion after his death.Continue Reading
What is Government Good For?
With political chaos rampant, it seems a good time to reflect on why government exists in the first place. More specifically, what answers do we as Christians have to give in this uncertain moment? In this short take from a 1919 essay, Eberhard Arnold addresses these questions.Continue Reading
Is Pacifism Enough?
Eighteen months after Hitler’s rise to power, Eberhard Arnold warned of the threat of a second major war – and foresaw that the international peace movement, which he had championed, would be powerless to stop it. His reflections remain unsettlingly relevant today.Continue Reading
A Child’s Sympathy for Poverty and Suffering
“It is not true that children have no feeling for suffering, for the injustice and social guilt of our world…The educator’s task of awakening the child to to all mankind accords with a living concern inherent in the child.” Eberhard Arnold discusses the inborn sensitivity of a child towards poverty and suffering.Continue Reading
Eberhard Arnold and Dietrich Bonhoeffer
While studying in England in 1934, Eberhard Arnold’s son Hardy came in contact with the community of German émigrés living in London, including the German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He found that the German pastor had a keen interest in his experience with communal life at the Bruderhof and in Eberhard Arnold’s writings.Continue Reading
The Courage of Love
How should the church relate to politics? Eighteen months after Hitler’s rise to power, Arnold spoke about this to members of his community, whose German branch had already been raided twice by Nazi forces. The question was no longer just theory...Continue Reading
The peace of God brings the strength of the life of God. It brings the power of His love. It consists of active service. It lives in deed. To the first call, “Lay down your arms!” belongs the second, “Take up your tools!”- Eberhard Arnold
Hands off anything that causes hatred or unpeace! We must live like Jesus. He helped everyone, soul and body. We cannot go along with anything that harms people. As friends of peace we have to stay clear of any business practice or political activity that is not as Jesus would have it. The whole of our life must be dedicated to love. Our calling is not to use governmental force but to live the life of Jesus, who only loved and never had anyone put to death.- Eberhard Arnold, April 1934